"Keats's first book of poetry was published when he was 21; Mary Shelley was 18 when she started writing Frankenstein. But both of their youthful achievements are dwarfed by the newest star in the UK's poetry firmament: 4-year-old Nadim Shamma-Sourgen, who has just landed a book deal. Nadim's poems range from "Coming Home" ("Take our gloves off / Take our shoes off / Put them where they're supposed to go. / You take off your brave feeling / Because there's nothing / to be scared of in the house") to "Love" ("Everyone has love / Even baddies"). In "Baddies," Nadim writes, they "love their baddie friends / Even very baddie ones / Policemen might arrest them / But they'll still have their love." The child was discovered by poet and teacher Kate Clanchy, who shared some of his poems on social media. Walker Books offered him a book deal, "astonished that anyone so young could write such sensitive verse." Nadim only asked, "When my poems are in a book, can I please have a copy?"

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